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PH344 - Contemporary Political Philosophy: Rawlsian Liberalism & Justice

  • Module code: PH344
  • Module name: Contemporary Political Philosophy: Rawlsian Liberalism & Justice
  • Department: Philosophy
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Those of us who are neither beast nor God must take an interest in the work of John Rawls. He is one of the most influential political philosophers of the 20th century and sits as an equal with the other great liberal political philosophers such as Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill. This course will cover all of his major works in depth looking at how his thought developed, how it influenced subsequent debates and, most importantly, we will assess the quality of his arguments.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the students should be able to : 1) understand, analyse and apply key ideas from the work of John Rawls, and explain the issues at stake.; 2)identify and assess different argumentative strategies used in Rawls’s work to address specific questions, and articulate central concepts that inform different answers to those questions; 3) develop and defend their own judgement about competing assessments of John Rawls’s work, and express themselves clearly and with precision; 4)recognize the distinctive assessments and quite different approaches made to the philosophical arguments of John Rawls, and the challenge of integrating these different assessments

Timetabled teaching activities

Normally runs during the Spring term. 2 hour lectures and I hour seminars weekly.

Departmental link

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/philosophy/intranet/modules/honours/cpt

Other essential notes

Please note that attendance at both lectures and seminars and completion of any unasssessed or required work is a requirement of this module

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: PH344-15)
A1 (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 15%
Assessed Course Work 85%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Examination - Main Summer Exam Period (weeks 4-9) 100%
Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional
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  • Undergraduate Philosophy with Computer Science (V7G5) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MF) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MG) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MH) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MI) - Year 4
  • Undergraduate Philosophy, Politics and Economics (with Intercalated year) (V7MJ) - Year 4